Hyundai will re-enter the affordable coupé market this year with the Veloster, shown for the first time in Europe at the Geneva motor show.
The new car has the unusual layout of a single door on the driver’s side and two conventional doors on the passenger side. Hyundai says this format is the same on both left and right-hand-drive models.
When it arrives in the UK, the Veloster will be “priced between the Renault Mégane Coupé and VW Scirocco”, according to Hyundai sources.
Hyundai insiders describe the car as mixing “the style of a coupé and the practicality of a hatch; we call it a utility coupé”. The styling of the final production version, which is undergoing final testing at Hyundai’s Namyang development centre, is close to the 2007 Veloster concept.
However, it now wears Hyundai’s new corporate nose, conventional rear lights and a hatchback. The interior has been completely rethought, though. It uses the same new centre console design — which combines the climate control and touch screen and is seen in this image — that will make its debut in Hyundai’s i40.